Fish Crow in flight over Egmont Key, Florida – Why So Many Views

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Fish Crow in flight over Egmont KeyFish Crow in flight over Egmont Key – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

This Fish Crow in flight over Egmont Key In Florida image isn’t the best, I see many flaws in it, but on my old photo gallery this photo had by far the most views in the entire gallery. I’m talking tens of thousands of views and I just don’t know why it was so popular. Certainly there were and are better quality and more appealing images than this one is my photo galleries.

Until today I’ve never posted it on my blog because of the flaws I see in the photo, one of the biggest flaws in my opinion is that the Fish Crow had begun to turn away from me when I took the image. Sure, I can see the eye of the crow but I don’t have eye contact with it and typically I would not have kept this image because of that let alone post it in my galleries but I did like the spread wings, how I can see the feet of the crow and the nice details I can see in the dark feathers. But that is about it, I think it is “okay”.

What I do know is that the appeal of an image is always subjective, one person may like it while another might think there is nothing very interesting about it.

Some people might love Fish Crows or crows in general, I do, I love all corvids, while others hate them and despise their very presence on the planet or blame them for doing what they do naturally when they take an egg or a Least Tern chick from their nest.

I created this Fish Crow photo but I don’t “get” why there were so many views of it. It is a puzzle and I’ll never know the answer to it. It is a mystery to me.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover November 5, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I enjoy watching many very social crows in Bountiful lately, and I like this image too. Thanks!

  2. Elephants Child November 4, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Add me to the list of people who adore the corvids. Intelligent, family minded birds who get a bad rap.
    And I am very happy you dragged this ‘ok’ photo out to show us. And would agree with others – it is much better than ok.

  3. Liz Cormack November 4, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    I agree with Laura Culley. It IS a gorgeous photo. Because of climate change (I assume) we have had fish crows in increasing numbers the last few years here in southern Ontario. Lucky for us.

  4. Laura Culley November 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    I think Andy nailed it. I don’t see the technical flaws and wonder why you’re picking those particular nits. For me, it’s a gorgeous photo of one of my favorite bird families. I love each and every corvid on this spinning rock and this is a lovely photo of one of the family members I don’t get to see regularly. To me, this is a gift! Thank you!
    And life IS good! 😉

  5. April Olson November 4, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Maybe you should do a reverse image search for art work with the image. It is in a classic pose often seen on posters, and shirts.

  6. Patty Chadwick November 4, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I can see why this photo was popular. I LOVE it!!! The way the wings are spread is beautiful! It’s a wonderful flight shot!!! Can’t figure out what “flaws” you see….I sure as heck don’t see any!!! These birds are so smart and innventive…Utah’s crow season is so stupid and sad!!!

  7. Andy McCullough November 4, 2017 at 6:19 am

    The shape of the bird with spread wings and the position in the frame actually look pretty cool.

    I’ve learned that I can’t predict what people will like. Images I’m absolutely in love with aren’t always popular. In contrast, those I see flaws in (like head angle), are sometimes very popular. I think we, as photographers, sometimes see the technical flaws and dwell on them. In contract, many viewers see something that they like and ignore these flaws.

  8. shoreacres November 4, 2017 at 5:51 am

    It may be that many people came to read for the same reason I just did. I’ve never heard of a fish crow. I wondered if it might be another name for the osprey. I’m glad you posted the photo — otherwise, I might never have known abou the bird. It seems they’re found year round in Louisiana, but don’t come as far west as Texas.

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